Dear Shaded Viewers and Diane,
A new issue of The Gentlewoman is on the newsstand and it’s still not the one you’ll forgive yourself to miss. Once again focusing on time-honed talent where others might fall prey to the whims and caprices of celebrity culture, it begins with their first full-colour cover featuring Bjork in full bloom, in a lilac latex t-shirt custom made by LOEWE. Follows a series of incredible women from fields as various as politics and Formula One racing, none of them any longer in their teens, that share genius and presence of mind, a clear vision and relatively low profile. From Miranda July to Selma’s director Ava DuVernay, from Countess Spencer to Honey Dijon – interspersed with, among others, an editorial modelled by seven months pregnant Iselin Steiro, a catalogue of ponytails, musings on modern manners and odes to slowly disappearing delights such as flower art scissors or bar soap. Admittedly, says actress Maxine Peake, whom we’ll soon see in cinemas as Hamlet, squeakier wheels might be getting more oil: but in the end, perhaps, is rolling Gently that gets you further.